Entries by Alex Epstein

Freedom to compete

In this column, we’re going to discuss the freedom to compete. Free to compete, free to choose Because of threats to fossil fuel development and use, it’s very important for us to understand the truth about their impact on human life. Ultimately, we’re trying to promote human flourishing, not fossil fuels per se. We’re championing […]

Freedom to Develop

In this column, we’re going to discuss the freedom to develop. What is the freedom to develop? To develop is to change our environment from one form into another form—in particular, a form that the developer regards as more conducive to human life. All energy production requires development, and a lot of it. Thus, for […]

Freedom from endangerment

In this column, we’re going to discuss the freedom from endangerment. It is vital for human well-being that individuals are protected from dangers to their air, water, sanitation, and safety. Energy production and use, including fossil fuel production and use, can endanger people in all kinds of ways if done badly—from bad burning processes, to […]

Energy Policy

In the next few columns, we’re going to be talking about energy policy. In previous columns, we concluded that fossil fuels are a moral form of energy that should be expanded, not restricted. But, there’s one qualifier. We can say there are moral forms of energy, but it’s only moral to use them if they […]

Climate models that can’t predict climate

Last week we learned that the greenhouse effect is a diminishing effect. Why, then, do we hear all these catastrophic predictions? Climate models These claims of CO2 leading to runaway warming and catastrophic climate change are based on speculative climate models that include additional drivers of warming to the greenhouse effect. It’s important to keep […]

New Video: The Clarity Tool

Here’s a new video of a recent 10xTalk I gave on communication, titled “The Clarity Tool: How to Think About, Clarify, and Solve Your Biggest Problems.” In the speech, delivered at an event by Genius Network, I introduce the audience to a tool I developed to dramatically increase people’s ability to communicate clearly and effectively. […]

Protecting environmental quality

Last time we saw how technology allows us to use more fossil fuels and have a cleaner environment. Now let’s turn to the role of laws in protecting and improving environmental quality. The importance of thresholds One of the motivators of the technology improving environmental quality is having laws that protect individuals from having their […]

The 3 Concerns About Fossil Fuels

As we learned last time, the three alleged unique risks of fossil fuels are: catastrophic resource depletion catastrophic pollution catastrophic climate change In this column I want to briefly elaborate on each of those potential risks. The catastrophic resource depletion argument This argument claims that because fossil fuels are nonrenewable, because they don’t replenish automatically […]

What about the risks?

In the next few columns we will be looking at concerns about the fossil fuel industry and how to discuss those concerns. A quick review So far we’ve discussed the unique benefits of using fossil fuels. The big idea there was that the fossil fuel industry produces cheap, plentiful, reliable energy on a scale that […]

Oil is everywhere

On top of the many benefits that fossils fuels provide, including the ability to use machines to amplify our productivity and improve our lives and the ability to provide cheap, plentiful, and reliable energy on a scale of billions, we have yet another set of benefits. Our hydrocarbon world Using oil and gas, the hydrocarbon […]